iOS 7 battery problems: How to fix battery drain

Several users have reported an issue in which battery drains faster after installing the new iOS 7 update. It is important to note that battery drain seems to be a constant complaint with every new iOS update. If you are experiencing  short battery life problems, follow these tips and tricks for better iPhone/iPad battery life.

Related: Simple tips to make your iPhone battery last longer

Basic troubleshooting

Restart/reset your device. Simply restarting your device may solve your problem. To restart your device, press and hold the power (Sleep/Wake) button until you see the red slider then slide the slider.Then press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until you see the Apple logo. If restarting does not help, you may also want to reset your device by simple pressing and holding the home button and the Sleep/Wake button together  until you see the Apple logo.

Power cycle. Completely drain your battery, drain it until it shuts down on its own. Then charge it back up to full.Do this once a month.

Reset All Settings. Important:  Note that this option will not delete any of your media or data but you will lose some of  your saved data, like game levels etc. To do this, tap Settings > General > Reset > Reset All settings.

Restore your device as new. Tap Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Note that this will setting will remove all data and media on your iOS device. Once the iPhone or iPad (or iPod touch) reboots select “Set Up as New”. Later, you may use iCloud/iTunes to restore your device from your backups.

Turn off what you are not using

Turn off AirDrop when not using it (Control Center).

Turn off Background App Refresh (Settings > General > Background App Refresh).

Turn off Location Services (Settings > Privacy > Location Services).

Turn off Push Notifications and Mail (Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Push then Settings > Notification Center and tap each app then turn the Notification Center toggle to OFF).

Turn down the screen brightness (turn off Auto-Brightness) (Settings >  Wallpapers & Brightness).

Turn off Bluetooth when not using it (Settings >  Bluetooth).

Turn off Wi-Fi when not using it (Settings > Wi-Fi).

Turn off LTE when not using it (Settings > General > Cellular).

Disable Siri when not using it (Settings > General > Siri).

Disable Time Zone Adjustment (Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Setting Time Zone).

More: Battery Life: How to Fix Draining Battery Problems


  1. ken says

    As always, the answer is, shut off all the features because they drain the battery.

    Instead, Apple needs to fix the problem. Ios7 sucks big time as a package. It has some nice improvements together with a collection of problems.

  2. Jim HIller says

    This seems counter productive to disable all of the “features” within the OS to fix the battery life. I think Apple needs to come out with an OS update.
    This is a HUGE problem.

  3. Teresa Meehan says

    Yes, Apple does need to come out with an OS update. I’m keeping my IPhone plugged in due to the battery drain. Fixes do not work.

  4. says

    Why should I have to shut down all my apps to save the battery when I never had to do that BEFORE the apple update, I say it is apple problem and they need to fix it ASAP!!!

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